Posted: May 25, 2015 Filed under: Day in History, Teasers, Topics in Chronicling America
With flags flying at half-mast, tombstones decorated with wreaths and bouquets, and processions of the bereaved paying their respects at national cemeteries, ceremonies honoring fallen soldiers take place across the country. First observed in 1865 to commemorate soldiers who died during the Civil War, Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day) was later extended to honor all American military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice in all wars.
Read more about Memorial Day in this topic guide.
Memorial Day/Decoration Day Topic Guide